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July 16, 2013

Feeling the heat

Residents coping with a new wave

While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Weather Channel and Accuweather all give varying reports on the local forecast, one factor is certain — it’s hot.

While NOAA forecasts show the temperature in the area will vary in the 80s throughout the week, other weather services show the temperature reaching into the 90s beginning today and staying there through much of Friday, coupled with high humidity.

And from iced coffees to enjoying Gloucester’s and Cape Ann’s beaches, residents Monday found different ways to beat — or enjoy — the heat.

Linda Henry grabbed an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts on Main Street in Gloucester before hopping in a Gloucester Fire Department ambulance to continue her shift as paramedic.

Henry said there had not been many medical transports for heat-related reasons, but the week is young.

“It’s drastically hot,” said Franklin Bright, visiting from Cambridge.

Bright, enjoying some frozen yogurt from the newly opened Orange Leaf in the Walgreens plaza, is staying near Wingaersheek Beach said he took the usual routes on how to stay cool.

“Drinking a lot of fluids, and staying in the AC whenever that’s possible,” he said. “(Sunday) was brutal.”

Others, like Richard Doucette, enjoy the heat.

Doucette has lived in Florida, Texas and California and is no stranger to high temperatures; he said he much prefers the heat compared to winter weather.

“Once you get the cold in your hands, you can’t get it out,” he said outside of the Rose Baker Senior Center Monday afternoon.

While Doucette does not have air conditioning, he said he enjoys his ceiling fan and the cool breeze he gets from the ocean, not to mention the cool temperatures inside the senior center itself.

“I wish it was open later,” he said.

While the city of Gloucester does not have any permanent cooling center, city officials are trying to rework what would constitute a heat wave and the conditions that would call for opening a designated cooling center.

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